PICTURE STORY

Forever
Beatrice Alemagne

Sometimes things change.

Sometimes things fly away.

Sometimes things disappear.

But there’s one thing that lasts forever…


All Bodies Are Good Bodies
Charlotte Barkla & Erica Salcedo

I love hands!
Hands that are white and hands that are brown,
Freckles mean sunshine has sent kisses down.
Short fingers, long fingers, bendy or straight,
Hands to clap, or high-five your mate.

Bold and beautiful, loud and proud, All Bodies are Good Bodies is an uplifting book about different body features and types. Through playful rhyme, it promotes the development of body acceptance and celebrates inclusivity and individuality.


Stormy
Guojing

In this heartwarming, wordless picture book that’s perfect for dog lovers, a woman visits a park and discovers a pup hiding under a bench–scruffy, scared, and alone. With gentle coaxing, the woman tries to befriend the animal, but the dog is too scared to let her near. Day after day, the woman tries and day after day, the dog runs away. With perseverance and patience and help from an enticing tennis ball a tentative friendship begins. But it’s not until a raging storm forces the two together that a joyous and satisfying friendship takes hold.

Guojing poignantly explores how trust doesn’t always come easily, but how, over time, and with kindness and determination, forever love can grow.


Zoo School
Heath McKenzie

There are gorillas in the classroom and zebras in the hall!

In the gymnasium, llamas are having a ball! The playground is packed with TOO MANY CREATURES . . . What’s going on? Where are the TEACHERS?!

What would you do if your school was A ZOO?!


Bronte: Me and My Boots
Penny Harrison & Evie Barrow

Mum calls them my brave-girl boots.
My bold-as-brass, adventure boots
I’m off to snare the dragon boots.
I’ll drag him home for tea.

My teacher calls them bustling boots.
My buckle-down-to-business boots.
I’m the best at jobs boots.
I’m busy as a bee.

In Me and My Boots, Bronte rejects the label bossy boots, and in introducing us to her family and friends, offers up alternative ways to describe assertive girls like herself.  The first title in a series starring Bronte, a fun-loving character who inadvertently challenges gender stereotypes though her everyday adventures.


The Imaginaries
Emily Winfield Martin

Best-selling author/illustrator of The Wonderful Things You Will Be, Emily Winfield Martin, shares her “Imaginaries”: paintings from over the last ten years, captioned with one enigmatic sentence, designed to inspire.  From mermaids and giant flowers to magical robes and mysterious characters, this full-color collection of old and new art will inspire the artist and writer in you!  Each glorious image is given a mysterious or magical one-line caption–the beginning of a story, or maybe the middle–you imagine the rest.

The captions are hand-written on vintage scraps of paper, envelopes, postcards and more. Akin to the Chris van Allsburg book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The Imaginairies is destined to become a cult classic in its own right.


EARLY READERS & JUNIOR FICTION

The Besties
Felice Arena & Tom Jellett

From the author and illustrator of the popular Sporty Kids books comes an exciting new beginner-reader series that celebrates the everyday adventures – at school, at home, in the backyard, even in the living room! A funny, sweet series about kids being kids, where imagination and play rule!  Oliver and Ruby have been besties forever…

The Besties Show and Smell

Ruby is so looking forward to Show and Tell, but the teacher is away and it looks like she’ll miss out. Plus, the besties won’t get to see what Zac’s talent is – it’s bound to be really funny and gross! Can they turn a very bad day into the very best?


The Besties to the Rescue

Oliver is trying to record Ruby’s awesome trampoline flips in slow-mo, but he captures something else too. Cutie Pie, the cat from next door, is pouncing on a bird’s nest! The baby bird is too young to fly. Will the besties be the best bird-parents ever?


The Princess in Black and the Bath Time Battle
Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

The Princess in Black is in a very stinky situation. A foul cloud is plaguing the goat pasture, and it smells worse than a pile of dirty diapers or a trash can on a hot summer day. But every time the Princess in Black and her friend the Goat Avenger manage to get rid of the odor, they accidentally blow it to another kingdom! Other masked heroes and their trusty companions show up to help, but how do you battle a stench when your ninja moves fail?

Fans with a nose for slapstick will be tickled to see the six stalwart friends join their wits to take on an impossibly beastly stink.


Evie and Pog: Take Off!
Tania McCartney

High in a tree house live two very best friends. One is a girl and one is a dog. And everyone knows them as Evie and Pog.

Evie is six years old. She likes knitting and jumping and books and cake.

Pog is a pug. He is two and likes to drink tea and read the newspaper.

Evie and Pog also love to have fun! Join them as they take off on three happy adventures – Puppy School Mess, School Play Drama and Cake Stall Chaos.


Fartboy: The First Sniff
Adam Wallace & James Hart

Martin Kennedy is the tidiest boy in the world’s tidiest town. Martin is so neat and clean that he has never ever farted-UNTIL NOW.

A freak accident dooms Martin to a dreadful destiny of baked beans and bottom blowouts. With the help of his grand fart master, can Martin learn to harness the power of his new skill and use it to save the day?


Karen’s Witch (Baby-Sitters Little Sister #1)
Jeremy Lachlan

Karen Brewer lives next door to Mrs. Porter, who wears long black robes and has wild gray hair. Mrs. Porter has a black cat named Midnight and always seems to be working in her garden. Karen isn’t supposed to spy on her neighbor, but she’s determined to prove that Mrs. Porter is a witch named Morbidda Destiny!

Mrs. Porter is getting ready to have a special meeting at her house, and Karen is sure the meeting is for witches. Are they going to cast a spell on Karen? Or will she be brave enough to send them away — once and for all?

A fresh and fun graphic novel series spin-off of The Baby-sitters Club, featuring Kristy’s little stepsister!


Max and the Midknights
Lincoln Peirce

Max wants to be a knight – too bad that dream is about as likely as finding a friendly dragon. But when Max’s uncle Budrick is kidnapped by the cruel King Gastley, Max has to act . . . and fast! Joined by a band of brave adventurers – the Midknights – Max sets out on a thrilling quest: to save uncle Budrick and restore the realm of Byjovia to its former glory!


Ella at Eden: New Girl
Laura Sieveking

Ella has started at her new high school, and Eden College is everything she hoped it would be. She is getting to know her new friends and enjoying everything Eden has to o er. Until things start to get complicated. She accidentally insults Saskia, the school diva, there could be a ghost in the dorm and items have started to mysteriously disappear.

Can Ella catch the Eden thief?


MIDDLE GRADE

Tiger Heart
Penny Chrimes

When sooty orphan Fly falls down a chimney she’s meant to be cleaning and straight into a Tiger’s cage, she thinks her short life is about to end right then and there. But instead of gobbling her up, the Tiger bows, and addresses the bemused Fly as ‘your majesty’.

Shocked but intrigued, Fly vows to free the Tiger from his captivity. Together, they embark on a journey that will take them from the dark and twisty lanes of London over the ocean in order to reach what the Tiger says is their homeland: a far-off land nestled in cloud-topped mountains.

But not everyone wants Fly and the Tiger to return. And when an unnatural ocean storm hits their ship, they’re separated. Without the Tiger by her side, will Fly be able to fulfil her destiny and become the princess she was born to be?


Jane Doe and the Key of All Souls
Jeremy Lachlan

Strap in. Hold on tight. The follow-up to the award-winning Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds is here!

Jane Doe is in more danger than ever before. Her father is still imprisoned. The Manor – the hallowed world between worlds – is still dying. The villainous Roth is still searching for the mythical, all-powerful Cradle Sea. Worst of all, Jane has learned that she is the key to stopping him and saving the Otherworlds. Problem is, she’s stranded in the dying land of Arakaan – Roth’s home – and its people have some surprising secrets of their own.

With a little help from her pyromaniac pal, Violet, and her doubtful ally, Hickory, Jane must find the courage to accept her destiny and face her darkest fears, even if it means losing everything she holds dear.

From the desolate plains of Arakaan to the shifting halls and devious booby traps of the Manor, Jane’s Cradle quest is about to explode.

There are sandstorms. There are scorpions. There are new friends and foes. And every soul in every world hangs in the balance.


JUNIOR NON FICTION

I Heart the World
Tania McCartney

Now more than ever, children are encouraged to value and appreciate our world. I Heart the World is a beautifully illustrated romp around the planet, celebrating the people, cultural delights, natural and man-made wonders, and the breathtaking flora and fauna, that occupy our land, sea and sky.

Organised into chapters for each world continent, Tania’s illustrations will have any child or parent poring over the pages for many hours, and learning great facts about places near and far.


Speak Up!
Adora Svitek

Speak Up! is a joyful celebration of 45 speeches by children and teenagers who have stood up for causes they passionately believe in and challenged adults in power to take note. This collection is testament to the hopefulness and spirit of the next generation, and the positive belief that we can, and should, act to protect the things we love.

From ground-breaking scientific inventions to pleas for the environment, anti-war speeches to incredible testimony of lived experiences, the speeches collected here demonstrate the profound wisdom of youth and why it is important to speak up and out on what concerns us. Speakers include Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Prize nominee Greta Thunberg and award-winning inventor and cancer researcher Jack Andraka.


TEEN / YA

Infinity Son
Adam Silvera

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers-a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own-one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.


A Throne of Swans
Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

When her father dies just before her birthday, seventeen-year-old Aderyn inherits the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles are able to transform at will into the bird that represents their family bloodline. Aderyn’s ancestral bird is a swan. But she has not transformed for years, not since witnessing the death of her mother – ripped apart by hawks that have supposedly been extinct since the long-ago War of the Raptors.

With the benevolent shelter of her mother and her father now lost, Aderyn is at the mercy of her brutal uncle, the King, and his royal court. Driven by revenge and love, she must venture into the malevolent heart of the Citadel in order to seek the truth about the attack that so nearly destroyed her, to fight for the only home she has ever known and for the land she has vowed to protect.

Written in rich detail and evocative language, this is the start of an irresistible, soaring duology about courage, broken loyalties and fighting for your place in the world.


The Long Distance Playlist
Tara Eglington

Taylor and Isolde used to be best friends – before THAT FIGHT, 18 months ago. It’s been radio silence ever since – until Taylor contacts Isolde to sympathise with her breakup: the breakup that she never saw coming; the breakup that destroyed her confidence and ended her dreams of joining the National Ballet School.

Taylor’s had his own share of challenges, including a life-altering accident that has brought his hopes of competing at the Winter Olympics to a halt.

Isolde responds to Taylor, to be polite. But what starts out as heartbreak-themed Spotify playlists and shared stories of exes quickly becomes something more.

And as Taylor and Isolde start to lean on each other, the distance between them begins to feel not so distant after all …


One of Us is Next
Karen McManus

Welcome back to Bayview High…

It is a year after the action of One of Us Is Lying, and someone has started playing a game of Truth or Dare.

But this is no ordinary Truth or Dare. This game is lethal. Choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, accepting the dare could be dangerous, even deadly.

The teenagers of Bayview must work together once again to find the culprit, before it’s too late…


The Conference of Birds (Miss Peregrine #5)
Ransom Riggs

With his dying words, H — Jacob’s final connection to his grandfather Abe’s secret life — entrusts Jacob with a mission: Deliver newly contacted peculiar Noor Pradesh to an operative known only as V.

Noor is being hunted. She is the subject of an ancient prophecy, one that foretells a looming apocalypse. Save Noor — save the future of all peculiardom. With only a few bewildering clues to follow, Jacob must figure out how to find V, the most enigmatic, and most powerful, of Abe’s former associates. But V is in hiding and she never, ever, wants to be found.

Time is running out. And even as Jacob and his friends are working feverishly to decipher the prophecy, it’s warning …

When the prisons are blown to dust
And chaos reigns
Are beginning …
And the betrayers summon their king
The old ones from their sleep are torn
To come true.
An age of strife will soon be born.

With enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman’s story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into The Conference of the Birds, the newest instalment of the beloved, #1 bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.


King of Crows (Diviners #4)
Libba Bray

1920s New York
The Diviners have joined forces
The visions were all true
The dead are here

After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government, and on the brink of war with the King of Crows.

While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men, Isaiah receives a startling vision of a girl, Sarah Beth Olson, who could shift the balance in their struggle for peace. Sarah Beth says she knows how to stop the King of Crows – but she will need the Diviners’ help to do it. Elsewhere, Jericho has returned after his escape from Jake Marlowe’s estate, where he has learned the shocking truth behind the King of Crows’ plans. Now the Diviners must travel to Bountiful, Nebraska, in hope of joining forces with Sarah Beth and stopping the King of Crows and his army of the dead forever. But as rumours of towns becoming ghost-towns and the dead developing unprecedented powers begin to surface, all hope seems lost.

In this sweeping finale, the Diviners will be forced to confront their greatest fears and learn to rely on one another if they hope to save the nation – and world – from catastrophe…


Are You Watching?
Vincent Ralph

Ten years ago, Jess’s mother was murdered by the Magpie Man.

She was the first of his victims but not the last.

Now Jess is the star of a YouTube reality series and she’s using it to catch the killer once and for all.

The whole world is watching her every move.

And so is the Magpie Man.


Yes No Maybe So
Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed

Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state candidate – as long as he’s behind the scenes. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes… until he meets Maya.

Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is cancelled, her parents are separating and now her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing – with some awkward guy she hardly knows …

Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer – and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural crush of the century is another thing entirely.